20 years of connecting the nation: a national conversation on the Digital Divide


Bowling Green, Ky. (September 21, 2021) – Connected Nation (CN) is marking 20 years of service in 2021 by hosting a one-of-a-kind, live event that will air nationally from three US cities on Wednesday, November 17 from 11am to 3pm (eastern). Registration for the live event is free at cn20.org.

“We have been focused on closing the Digital Divide for more than two decades, and as we move through 2021, we recognize that this is a critical time. For that reason, we decided to bring together industry insiders, broadband experts, and those most directly impacted by the need for better connectivity,” said Tom Ferree, Chairman & CEO, Connected Nation. “By hosting a national conversation that addresses where we’ve been and what we’ve learned, how the pandemic changed the way we view and approach digital equity, and what’s next when it comes to access in America, we are saying that, together, we can create lasting and positive change for every child, family, and community in the US.”

This one-time event entitled “20 years of connecting the nation: a national conversation on the Digital Divide” will feature live, expert panel discussions from RFD-TV and American Farm Bureau studios in Washington, DC; Fort Bend Independent School District in Sugar Land, Texas (just outside Houston); and KGW8-TV in Portland, Oregon.

You’ll also hear stories from business owners and farmers working in rural communities; teachers and students impacted by remote learning; doctors and mental health practitioners advocating for the expansion of telehealth; and others. You’ll walk away with a real-world understanding of how internet connectivity directly impacts our lives and what can be done to expand access to all.

Registration is free and the event can be viewed from anywhere in the world virtually. You can find the panel topics and descriptions here. Connected Nation will reveal the list of expert panelists in early October.

About Connected Nation: The national nonprofit, based in Bowling Green, Kentucky, is celebrating 20 years of service in 2021. Our mission is to improve lives by providing innovative solutions that expand access to and increase the adoption and use of broadband (high-speed internet) and its related technologies for all people. Everyone belongs in a Connected Nation. To learn more head to www.connectednation.org.

Press Release provided by Connected Nation’s Communications Director, Jessica Denson


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